Diego Klattenhoff

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Diego Klattenhoff
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Klattenhoff in July 2013 [1]
Born (1979-11-30) November 30, 1979 (age 39)
Years active2001–present

Diego Klattenhoff (born November 30, 1979) is a Canadian actor known for his portrayals of Mike Faber in the Showtime series Homeland and as FBI Agent Donald Ressler in The Blacklist . He has also appeared as Derek in Whistler and Ivan in Men in Trees .

Showtime (TV network) American premium cable TV channel

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<i>Homeland</i> (TV series) American political thriller television series

Homeland is an American spy thriller television series developed by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa based on the Israeli series Prisoners of War, which was created by Gideon Raff.

<i>The Blacklist</i> (TV series) American television series

The Blacklist is an American crime thriller television series that premiered on NBC on September 23, 2013. Raymond "Red" Reddington, a former U.S. Navy officer turned high-profile criminal, voluntarily surrenders to the FBI after eluding capture for decades. He tells the FBI that he has a list of the most dangerous criminals in the world that he has compiled over the years and is willing to inform on their operations in exchange for immunity from prosecution. However, he insists on working exclusively with a rookie FBI profiler by the name of Elizabeth Keen. The series also stars Diego Klattenhoff, Ryan Eggold, and Harry Lennix. The pilot episode was written by Jon Bokenkamp and directed by Joe Carnahan. Executive producers for the series include Bokenkamp, John Eisendrath, and John Davis for Sony Pictures Television, Universal Television, and Davis Entertainment.


Early life

Klattenhoff was born in French River, Nova Scotia. He moved to Toronto at the age of 19 to pursue an acting career. For a number of years, he worked as a bartender while studying in theater workshops. [2]

French River, Pictou County human settlement in Canada

French River is a community in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, located in Pictou County.

Nova Scotia Province of Canada

Nova Scotia is one of Canada's three Maritime Provinces, and one of the four provinces that form Atlantic Canada. Its provincial capital is Halifax. Nova Scotia is the second-smallest of Canada's ten provinces, with an area of 55,284 square kilometres (21,300 sq mi), including Cape Breton and another 3,800 coastal islands. As of 2016, the population was 923,598. Nova Scotia is Canada's second-most-densely populated province, after Prince Edward Island, with 17.4 inhabitants per square kilometre (45/sq mi).

Toronto Provincial capital city in Ontario, Canada

Toronto is the provincial capital of Ontario and the most populous city in Canada, with a population of 2,731,571 in 2016. Current to 2016, the Toronto census metropolitan area (CMA), of which the majority is within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), held a population of 5,928,040, making it Canada's most populous CMA. Toronto is the anchor of an urban agglomeration, known as the Golden Horseshoe in Southern Ontario, located on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario. A global city, Toronto is a centre of business, finance, arts, and culture, and is recognized as one of the most multicultural and cosmopolitan cities in the world.


Klattenhoff studied with some of Canada's most respected acting coaches, including David Rotenberg, Bruce Clayton and Rae Ellen Bodie. His first notable acting role was in Mean Girls (2004). He followed that with a string of appearances in notable TV shows like Smallville and Stargate SG-1 , and films like Lucky Number Slevin (2006). Since 2006, he has been in recurring roles like Young Jacob in CBC Television's At the Hotel , Derek in CTV's Whistler , Ivan Palacinke in ABC's Men in Trees and Mike Callahan in NBC's Mercy .

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Klattenhoff appeared in Homeland as Mike Faber, a Marine Captain whose best friend returns to the U.S. after disappearing in Iraq eight years earlier. [3] He and the cast were nominated once for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Cast, and twice for a PAAFTJ Television Awards for Best Cast in a Drama Series. [4] [5] He has also guest starred on television series such as Psych , Supernatural , 24 , and Falling Skies .

Screen Actors Guild American labor union

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The Pan-American Association of Film & Television Journalists, also known as the PAAFTJ Television Awards, is an annual awards ceremony held by a non-profit organization headquartered in Burbank, California. The first annual awards were given on July 8, 2012. The PAAFTJ honors the best achievements in commercial and non-commercial television in the US. The members of PAAFTJ vote annually for the PAAFTJ Television Awards, which are presented to outstanding shows in fields such as drama, comedy, variety, and animation. As of 2013, the categories have been reduced to 45.

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Klattenhoff starred in J.J. Abrams' television film Anatomy of Hope and appeared in the Guillermo del Toro film Pacific Rim (2013) and the sci-fi thriller After Earth (2013). [6] [7] In March 2013, Klattenhoff joined the cast of the NBC thriller The Blacklist , as FBI Field Agent Donald Ressler. [8] The show premiered on September 23, 2013 to 12.6 million viewers. [9]

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<i>Pacific Rim</i> (film) 2013 American science fiction film directed by Guillermo del Toro

Pacific Rim is a 2013 American science fiction monster film directed by Guillermo del Toro and starring Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Burn Gorman, Robert Kazinsky, Max Martini, and Ron Perlman. The screenplay was written by Travis Beacham and del Toro from a story by Beacham. The film is set in the future, when Earth is at war with the Kaiju, colossal sea monsters which have emerged from an interdimensional portal on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. To combat the monsters, humanity unites to create the Jaegers, gigantic humanoid mechas, each controlled by at least two pilots, whose minds are joined by a mental link. Focusing on the war's later days, the story follows Raleigh Becket, a washed-up Jaeger pilot called out of retirement and teamed with rookie pilot Mako Mori as part of a last-ditch effort to defeat the Kaiju.

<i>After Earth</i> 2013 American science fiction action adventure film directed by M. Night Shyamalan

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Personal life

He currently lives in New York City with his wife.



2002Straight in the FaceDanielShort film
2003Autobiography of an InsectCameronShort film
2003 Blessings BennyTelevision movie
2003Family CurseN/ATelevision movie
2004 Mean Girls Shane Oman
2004 Cube Zero Quigley
2005 Ice Princess Kyle Dayton
2005 Murder in the Hamptons Traffic CopTelevision movie
2005The Last HitSasha
2005Dry WhiskeyTerryShort film
2005 Shania: A Life in Eight Albums PaulTelevision movie
2005Recipe for a Perfect ChristmasZachTelevision movie
2005YesteryearsN/ATelevision movie
2006 Lucky Number Slevin Ginger
2006Firestorm: Last Stand at YellowstoneWillis LeeTelevision movie
2007 Fire Serpent Young DutchTelevision movie
2008Lost Behind BarsCharlie QuinnTelevision movie
2008 The Informers Dirk
2009Anatomy of HopeBrendan CaseyTelevision movie
2010 The Dry Land Henry
2012 Unconditional Billy
2013 Kilimanjaro Troy
2013 After Earth Veteran Ranger
2013 Pacific Rim Yancy Becket
2016 Lavender Alan
2017 Radius Liam


2001–2002 Doc Jason2 episodes
2002 Witchblade UncreditedEpisode: "Destiny"
2003 Wild Card N/AEpisode: "Pilot"
2003 Mutant X Janitor #1/Johnny CummingsEpisode: "Shadows of Darkness"
2003 Veritas: The Quest TymusEpisode: "Avalon"
2004 1-800-Missing Brad WhitmanEpisode: "One Night Stand"
2004 Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye Jason AlbrightEpisode: "The Bounty Hunter"
2005 Smallville Josh GreenfieldEpisode: "Krypto"
2005 Stargate SG-1 Team LeaderEpisode: "Ex Deus Machina"
2006 At the Hotel Young Jacob6 episodes
2006 Psych Dylan MaxwellEpisode: "Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Piece"
2006 Supernatural Duane TannerEpisode: "Croatoan"
2007 Whistler Derek12 episodes
2008 Men in Trees Ivan Palacinke6 episodes
2009 The Listener Tom CrawfordEpisode: "Emotional Rescue"
2009 ER JayEpisode: "Shifting Equilibrium"
2009 24 Sergeant Cadden2 episodes
2009–2010 Mercy Mike Callahan22 episodes
2011 Falling Skies Lieutenant DannerEpisode: "Mutiny"
2012 Longmire EliEpisode: "The Cancer"
2011–2013 Homeland Mike Faber 18 episodes
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
2013–present The Blacklist Donald Ressler90 episodes

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